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Monday, March 19, 2018

BWW Review: Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormick by Michael Dale

Typically, the immediate attraction between Cinderella and the handsome prince is presented as simply a matter of physical chemistry, but in Company XIV's newest variation of Charles Perraul…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

BWW Review: Jimmy Buffett Jukeboxer ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is Breezy, Mindless Fun by Michael Dale

The smiling, bobbing head and swaying shoulders of the self-proclaimed Parrothead who accompanied this Jimmy Buffett neophyte to the breezy fun new jukebox musical comedy, ESCAPE TO MARGARIT…

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BWW Review: White Liberals Preach Diversity But Practice Privilege in Joshua Harmon's Hilarious ADMISSIONS by Michael Dale

Innovative genius Norman Lear will forever be remembered for expanding the limits of what television comedy could do by bringing Archie Bunker, and his everyday brand of casual and not-so-ca…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BWW Review: Bruce Norris' Economic Commentary THE LOW ROAD is a Rollicking Anti-Candide by Michael Dale

Teaser There is a knockout of a surprise moment, cleverly devised and wonderfully played, contained within Pulitzer-winner Bruce Norris' mini-epic THE LOW ROAD, now getting a rollicking prod…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

BWW Review: Martyna Majok's QUEENS Provides an Intriguing Profile of Contemporary Immigrant Women by Michael Dale

'We take care homes,' a Polish immigrant living in New York's Borough of Queens bluntly explains to a young newcomer from Ukraine who has yet to get settled.'Us kinds people, we take care ho…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

BWW Review: Jayne Houdyshell and Pascale Armand Confront Generational and Racial Feminist Divides in RELEVANCE by Michael Dale

Historically, it hasn't been unusual for writers like Amantine Lucile Dupin better known as George Sand and Nelle Harper Lee published as Harper Lee to take on traditionally male or androgyn…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

BWW Review: The York Brings Back Styne, Comden and Green's Enjoyable Oddball, SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING by Michael Dale

'One of the few great musical comedies of the last thirty years.' - Howard Taubman''What a show What a hit What a solid hit' - Walter Kerr''The best musical of the century.' - John Chapman'

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

BWW Review: Taylor Trensch Brings Darker Shades To The Title Character of DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Michael Dale

One of the great characteristics of live theatre is that, as opposed to film and television, no matter how iconic a performance is, no matter how indelibly attached an actor may seem to a ro…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BWW Review: Terrence Mann and Will Swenson Star in Outrageous, Endearing and Perceptive JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA by Michael Dale

'Dip me in chocolate and throw me to the lesbians,' sings a young lady feeling the bright television lights on her face as cameras capture her every move for a national audience in Richard T…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BWW Review: Jomama Jones' BLACK LIGHT Offers Spiritual Healing in Turbulent Times by Michael Dale

'I have a friend - She's a liberal. I don't know if there are any liberals here...'

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

BWW Review: Robert Sean Leonard, Katie Finneran and Paul Sparks in Edward Albee's AT HOME AT THE ZOO by Michael Dale

Introverts weren't exactly regarded as sexy, at least not as a norm, when Edward Albee's one-act classic 'The Zoo Story' premiered in 1958, launching the career of a playwright whose name be…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

BWW Review: Bernadette Peters' Star Quality Shimmers in Jerry Zaks' Wondrous HELLO, DOLLY! Revival by Michael Dale

Intended for Ethel Merman, created by Carol Channing, reinvented by Pearl Baily and based on a character made famous by Ruth Gordon, the title character of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dol…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

BWW Review: Sarah Burgess' KINGS Explores The Volatile Relationship Between Elected Officials and Lobbyists by Michael Dale

It was nearly two years ago when The Public Theater opened the first major New York production penned by the relatively unknown Sarah Burgess. Her tersely scripted and aridly humored DRY POW…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BWW Review: FLIGHT at McKittrick Hotel is More Art Installation Than Theatre by Michael Dale

There are no live actors involved in with the Scottish theatre company Vox Motus' new storytelling attraction, FLIGHT, and though New York's theatre critics were invited to sample showings a…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

BWW Review: Peyton Lusk is a Charmer as Jule Styne's BAR MITZVAH BOY by Michael Dale

With a name like BAR MITZVAH BOY, it should be no surprise that the current musical at the York is a coming of age story. What is surprising is that the composer of this intimate piece is Ju…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BWW Review: In IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, What Doesn't Kill Eve Ensler Only Becomes The Subject of Her New Solo Play by Michael Dale

Do you have any idea who I am, Eve Ensler asks the doctor who suggests radiation treatment of her vagina to prevent the resurgence of her cancer. Do you have any fucking sense of irony

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Monday, February 12, 2018

BWW Review: Martin McDonagh's Darkly Comic HANGMEN is Enjoyably Discomforting by Michael Dale

It might be easier to pity the hardworking gentleman at the core of Martin McDonagh's new darkly comic drama, who loses his job when his employer eliminates his position, if it weren't for t…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

BWW Review: HEY, LOOK ME OVER! from Encores!, a Fun Sampler of Musical Scenes and Songs by Michael Dale

When the subject of New York City Center Encores comes up among musical theatre enthusiasts, the conversation almost invariably steers to what shows they should be presenting in their series…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BWW Review: #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrence McNally's FIRE AND AIR by Michael Dale

In the second act of Terrence McNally's fact-based drama, Fire and Air, the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev privately examines the technique of a young dancer he may consider as …

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BWW Review: #NijinskyToo Would Be The Hashtag For Terrance McNally's FIRE AND AIR by Michael Dale

In the second act of Terrance McNally's fact-based drama, Fire and Air, the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev privately examines the technique of a young dancer he may consider as …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BWW Review: Anna Chlumsky Paints The Town Red in Greg Pierce's CARDINAL by Michael Dale

In last season's GROUNDHOG DAY, the exceedingly charismatic Andy Karl was given the unenviable task of playing out a romantic comedy as a thoroughly despicable character. Now, in Greg Pierce…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

BWW Review: Ngozi Anyanwu's THE HOMECOMING QUEEN Considers The Boundaries of Self-Reinvention by Michael Dale

Sentimental stories of adults returning to their childhood homes to face the demons of the past after achieving success far, far away are a staple of popular entertainment, and though Ngozi …

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

BWW Review: Stephanie Umoh is Thrilling In York Theatre's HALLELUJAH, BABY! by Michael Dale

Audiences and critics alike swooned over relatively unknown Leslie Uggams when she made her Broadway debut starring in Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Arthur Laurentsand Jule Styne's progressive…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

BWW Review: The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY Salutes The Understated Heroism of Public School Teachers by Michael Dale

With the past year bringing in a new administration with a new Secretary of Education, the national awareness of how overworked, undercompensated and financially burdened America's public sc…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

BWW Review: Casual Sex Meets Edwardian Morals in Stanley Houghton's HINDLE WAKES by Michael Dale

All too often, the word dated is misguidedly used to diminish the impact a play of a bygone era can have on contemporary audiences. Take, for example, the puritanical attitude towards pre…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) by Michael Dale

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and the…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BWW Review: Enda Walsh's Breakout Edge-Fest DISCO PIGS Reveals an Unsettling Friendship by Michael Dale

Fear not, all you American playgoers whose comprehension skills usually require a few minutes of ear adjustment whenever a production from Britain or Ireland crosses over with its native cas…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

BWW Review: John Lithgow Recalls Telling Tales With His Father In STORIES BY HEART by Michael Dale

'So what the hell is this,' John Lithgow quizzically quips to the audience at the outset of his Broadway solo stint.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be by Michael Dale

Savvy playgoers attending British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau's RE-MEMBER ME at this year's Under The Radar Festival will notice that when a recording of Michael Douglas, playing Broadway di…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BWW Review: Men Worship Extinct Women in Robert O'Hara's Audacious Satire MANKIND by Michael Dale

That old adage that if men got pregnant, abortion and reproductive health would be fully funded by the federal government gets quite a workout in playwrightdirector Robert O'Hara's wild gend…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

BWW Review: Legendary Music Journalist Lester Bangs Revisited in HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC by Michael Dale

Be careful about expressing your admiration for certain artists during Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's hard-edged solo play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC. Though the audience is encouraged to eng…

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